Links to IDEA Legislative Information
President Bush signed the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act into law on December 3, 2004.
Click here for The New IDEA: A Summary of Significant Reforms.
Download the final text of IDEA 2004, P.L. 108-446.
Read the Bipartisan House-Senate Conference Committee Report and other
Committee summaries: http://edworkforce.house.gov/issues/108th/education/idea/idea.htm
Summary of the New IDEA by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Analysis
of Changes Made by P.L. 108-446.
Download the IDEA User's Guide, developed
by the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities Education Task Force.
The Senate Bill: S. 1248
On May 13, 2004, the Senate
passed its final version of IDEA reform legislation. A handful of amendments
were debated, as outlined in NASP Legislative Update, May 14, 2004:
The final version of the Senate
bill, S. 1248 (technically renumbered H.R. 1350 but still an entirely different
piece of legislation) can
be downloaded in PDF here.
On November 3, 2003, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
(HELP) Committee released the final version of the Committee bill and
its report to accompany S. 1248, the Individuals With Disabilities in
Education Improvement Act of 2003. Click
here to read Senate report 108-185.
The House Bill: H.R. 1350
The U.S. House of Representatives
passed its version of IDEA reauthorization on April 30, 2003, the Improving
Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003. The full
135 pages can also be viewed and printed here in PDF (note:
file may take some time to download).
Report 108-77 explains
the various changes the House Committee makes from current law and
offers guidance to the Department of Education in developing regulations
and implementing the reauthorized IDEA.
Other relevant House Committee
information, including summaries and press releases, go to:
Additional Legislative Analysis
Changes in the Evaluation of Learning Disabilities
a Side-by-Side Comparison on
Evaluations and Eligibility Determinations provisions in
IDEA 97, H.R. 1350, and S. 1248.
a Side-by-Side comparison of
the Personnel Standards language from current law as compared
to the House and Senate bills.
Side-by-Side of other NASP issues of concern.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The New IDEA: CEC's Summary of Significant Issues
To read CEC's conference recommendations,
National Association of State
Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Fact Sheet on IDEA Reauthorization: Implications for Ongoing Advocacy (PDF): http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/IDEA%20Timeline%20Fact%20sheet.pdf.